Saturday, 1 October 2011

Hybrids and me: Facts on subject B- Plains Zebra

Name of Subject B: Plains Zebra (Equus burchelli)

Also known as: Equus quagga, Common Zebra or Burchelli Zebra.

Family: Equidae (hoofed animals characterized by one toe).

Found in: The Savannah grasslands of South Ethiopia through East Africa ,South Angola and eastern South Africa.

Height: 112 to147 centimetres at the shoulder.

Weight: Varies, from 175 to 385 kg. Though males are usually about 10% larger than females.

Can live for: 20 to 30 years.

Diet: grass and sometime twigs or leaves.

Description: The stripes of plains zebra are rather broad, especially towards its rump. The colour differs from black to dark brown on a white background. There is no color difference between male or female zebras. However, plains zebras vary in colour and pattern depending where they inhabit.

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